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Conversation: King Penguins, Macquarie Island by Carole-Anne

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King Penguin, (Aptenodytes halli), apparently in conversation. Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean, possession of Australia. Macquarie Island is World Heritage Listed.
The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin at about 90 cm (3.0 ft) tall and weighing 11 to 16 kg (24 to 35 lb), second only to the Emperor Penguin. Like all penguin species, it has a streamlined body to minimise drag while swimming, webbed feet to propel more force when swimming, and wings that have become stiff, flat flippers. There is little difference in plumage between the male and female, although the latter are slightly smaller. The upper parts features of the King Penguin include a silvery-grey back with a blackish-brown head decorated with ear patches of bright golden-orange. The 12–13 cm (4¾–5 in) black bill is long and slender, and curved downwards like a banana peel. The lower mandible bears a striking pink or orange-coloured mandibular plate.
(Featured in The World as we See it, or as we Missed it.)
The chick is first covered with brown-grey down, before moulting into a thick, woolly brown coat borne until around 10–12 months of age. Their mandibular plates are black until the moult into immature plumage. An immature bird will have white to yellow, rather than orange-tinged markings, and grey tips to its black brown feathers. It moults into adult plumage after reaching two years of age.
King Penguins live for an average of 15 to 20 years in the wild.
Canon EOS, zoom lens.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thamk you Ray

    – Carole-Anne

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Carole-Anne

  • Thank you Larry

    – Carole-Anne

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    LOL,,,this is so cute,,,terrific capture Carole!!

  • Thank you Louise

    – Carole-Anne

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you

    – Carole-Anne

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    29 October 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you Konstantinos

    – Carole-Anne

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS… wonderful work…

  • Thank you Andrea

    – Carole-Anne

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image selected for featuring in the group “The Birds”.

  • Thank you Wayne

    – Carole-Anne

  • relayer51
    relayer51over 2 years ago

    Those endless arguments about the price of fish ! Wonderful shot ,perfect timing .

  • Thank you – Yes! they do seem to have such ‘human’ characteristics as they wddle along like old men.

    – Carole-Anne

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierover 2 years ago

    “Did you see what Penny was wearing today?”… Gossiping penquins… wonderful capture and congrats on your features!

  • Thank you Sandra

    – Carole-Anne

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder9 months ago

    Love this shot

  • Thank you

    – Carole-Anne

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